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All the top stories and transfer rumours from Thursday’s national newspapers…


Arsenal are aiming to offload seven more players, including record signing Nicolas Pepe and former first choice ‘keeper Bernd Leno, to finance further moves in the transfer market this summer.

Chelsea are ready to open contract talks with key midfielder Jorginho and his priority is reported to be staying at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal are ready to step up their interest in Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans and are confident £30m will be enough to secure the Belgium international’s signature.

Youri Tielemans has emerged as a transfer target for Arsenal
Youri Tielemans has emerged as a transfer target for Arsenal

Benfica full-back Alex Grimaldo remains on Arsenal’s radar and could be available for a cut-price £6m with his contract winding down.

Manchester United accept they will lose Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.

Newcastle could go for Callum Hudson-Odoi – after Everton told them to forget about Anthony Gordon.

World Cup chiefs are discussing changing the format of the 2026 tournament – meaning the winners would have to play eight games.


Frenkie de Jong’s possible move to Manchester United is being further complicated by £17m in deferred wage debt stemming from the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nottingham Forest are poised to complete the £16m signing of Liverpool defender Neco Williams.

Tottenham are hoping to have their deal to sign Middlesbrough wing-back Djed Spence finalised by this weekend so he can join the squad on their pre-season tour to South Korea.

A Premier League club is coming under increased pressure to suspend an international footballer over his rape arrest.

Southampton are prioritising both a new striker and completing negotiations for Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo in a deal worth £10m.

Former Argentina captain Pablo Matera turned down a big-money contract offer from struggling Bath due to uncertainties surrounding the club’s off-field restructure ahead of the new season.


Jesse Lingard spent a successful spell on loan at West Ham in 2021
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Jesse Lingard is set to fly out to the USA for talks over a potential move to MLS, with a couple of clubs interested in the now former Manchester United forward.

Former Chelsea youngster Charly Musonda has “gone missing” after receiving a contract offer, according to the chief executive of Belgian club Zulte Waregem.

Chelsea are readying an offer worth around £43m for Sporting Lisbon star Matheus Nunes according to reports in Portugal.

Ayoze Perez is open to leaving Leicester City this summer but hopes of a move to Real Betis are being stalled by the Spanish club’s need to sell players first.

Jack Grealish has flown to Athens to train at Olympiacos before starting back at Manchester City on Monday.

Manchester United’s opening bid for Antony has been rejected after the Premier League club fell nearly £20m short of Ajax’s valuation.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been rejected by Bayern Munich as his options for a new club continue to reduce following his request to leave Manchester United.


Manchester United have reportedly made a £51m offer to Ajax for winger Antony but are said to be around £20m short of the Dutch club’s asking price.

Jake Paul has accused Tommy Fury of “going into hiding” after the pair’s boxing grudge match at Madison Square Garden was called off when the Briton was denied entry to the United States.

Three Wimbledon security guards have been arrested for brawling with one another outside Court Two in view of horrified tennis fans.

Everton will offer Antony Gordon a significantly improved new contract to ward off persistent interest from Tottenham and Newcastle in the England Under 21 international.

Ajax have offered Tottenham to waive some of the fee they were owed for Davinson Sanchez as part of the negotiations to sign Steven Bergwijn.

Sadio Mane has revealed he wanted to sign a contract to take responsibility if he died, due to his determination to play for Senegal after suffering a concussion at the African Cup of Nations.

West Ham are looking to beat Crystal Palace to the signing of Swansea midfielder Flynn Downes, who is valued at around £12m.


Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St. James' Park (AP)
Cristiano Ronaldo has told Manchester United he wants to leave the club this summer

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Manchester United still have no idea when Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the club for pre-season.

Everton are set to offer Anthony Gordon a lucrative new contract to stop any interest from Premier League rivals Newcastle in their top young talent.

Callum Hudson-Odoi has resisted calls to switch international allegiance to Ghana and join his former England U21 team-mate Tariq Lamptey.


Mo Farah will return to run the London Marathon in October after finally calling time on his track career.


Juventus are struggling to find buyers for striker Moise Kean and midfielders Adrien Rabiot, Aaron Ramsey and Arthur Melo.


A match-fixing investigation is under way in Sierra Leone after promotion rivals Gulf FC and Kahula Rangers won matches which kicked off at the same time 91-1 and 95-0.


Chelsea’s £10m deal to sign Chicago Fire goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina has gone quiet since the departures of Petr Cech and Marina Granovskaia.

Marcos Alonso is considering handing in a transfer request as Chelsea continue to block the move he wants to Barcelona.

Marcos Alonso fired in Chelsea's winner in extra time
Could Marcos Alonso force his way out of Chelsea?


Celtic have been offered fresh hope of signing Vinicius Souza, who is yet to make a final decision on whether to join PSV, although a decision on his future is “near” according to his agent.

Rangers are set to boost their young talent with the signing of St Mirren starlet Dylan Reid.

Rangers have set their sights on Genk winger Theo Bongonda who could be available for around £6m as he enters the final year of his contract.


Alexander Bernabei is free to open the season in Celtic’s squad after a headbutting ban he was handed in Argentina was not carried over to Scotland.

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